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Melanierose

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Has Any one had vocal surgery to raise pitch
What’s it called ?
How much ?
Where did you have it etc etc ?
How long?
Did it work ?
 

Linde

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I had surgery of my vocal cords.
The intend of it was not to raise my pitch, but to allow me to continue to be able to speak.
I have a vocal cord paralysis, and received vocal cord implants. I can speak again, and as a sideline the frequency of my voice was raised by about 10 Hz. I am now at about the middle of the female average frequency.
I cannot speak with a male type low voice anymore, but can almost reach the high C, when trying vety hard.
My surgery was fully covered by my insurance. I had it done at a center for speech pathology. It was done on Dec 15 last year. My voice is still recovering.

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Haven't had it but know 'Rachel' has. I think about it sometimes, but it still sounds kind of risky, still. I would like to work on my resonance with someone knowledgeable. If I could do it with training, that's probably the safer choice. I do get tired of all the effort it takes. I'll try to chat with @Tallulah if we are on zoom at the same time.
 

Tallulah

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Has Any one had vocal surgery to raise pitch
What’s it called ?
How much ?
Where did you have it etc etc ?
How long?
Did it work ?
Hi, I'm a voice coach in Texas; nice to meet you Melanie! I have opinions on this topic. :) There are many components that combine to shape voice gender presentation, including pitch, resonance, intonation, articulation, language, nonverbal vocalizations, and more. Gender aligning voice training addresses all of these components, while vocal surgeries only raises pitch by shortening the vibrating length of, decreasing the mass and stiffness of, or tensing and elongating the vocal folds. Best practice is two courses of voice training prior to surgery (in case the first didn't work), and another course of voice training will be needed after surgery for achieving pitch consistency. There are risks of surgery that can be avoided if voice training is effective for you. In the gender spectrum voice and communication Facebook group meetup about voice surgery it was noted that if you don't rest your voice (including avoiding coughing and throat clears) after the procedure for the specified amount of time (typically two weeks), you may end up damaging your folds and needing to work on lowering your pitch down from a high-pitched, "Minnie Mouse" voice. It is not uncommon for me to hear individuals who have had voice surgery talk about a planned second procedure. This last year at the Fall Voice conference an ENT showed images of several vocal fold surgeries that hadn't gone well, where the folds weren't aligned.
 

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Haven't had it but know 'Rachel' has. I think about it sometimes, but it still sounds kind of risky, still. I would like to work on my resonance with someone knowledgeable. If I could do it with training, that's probably the safer choice. I do get tired of all the effort it takes. I'll try to chat with @Tallulah if we are on zoom at the same time.
I'm going to try to stop in for at least a little while this weekend, I like talking to y'all!
 

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I'm going to try to stop in for at least a little while this weekend, I like talking to y'all!
Love to hear what you have to say.
Not sure when I'll be on so hopefully I'll catch you on.

Got a "yes sir" on the phone today which usually doesn't bother me because I've not really tried very hard in my voice. Added to the couple of in person sirs I got last week and it bugged me a lot.
 

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Ya, @TonyaJanelle , I hear you! I used to do telemarketing and call center work and it seemed I got more "ma'ams" when I was stressed and my pitch stayed higher. Now, I've had to practice singing higher key songs to stretch my chords. Even then, I get a cold or have a dry throat and I would easily get "sirred" over the phone. No worries. You'll get where you're aiming for.
 
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